First of all thank you Lori for writing the word I'd been trying to remember since Monday! "Displaced." That's what they kept telling me at the doctor - be glad the fractures are not displaced. That type of fracture is exactly what it sounds like - the two ends of the bone are separated. My fractures look like cracks. Think of cutting your finger: you don't need stitches but if you pamper it for a few days, the two sides of the cut join themselves back together. That's what is being accomplished by the boot - joining the two sides of the crack back together.
Several of you suggested and/or asked me about swimming. The issue for swimming with me is that there is only one gym (a YMCA) in the area that has a pool and it is a couple of towns over - not convenient or even on my way to or from work. The open swim times in the morning would not allow me to swim and then get to work and the evening swim times are too late - not to mention the fees (over $300). All of this adds up to just too many roadblocks for me to get around.
The local high school pool which is free to residents and does have some weekend open swim times is closed right now. And those are pretty much my only options as it is now Autumn in New England and all my friends who have pools have also closed them down!
A co-worker, who had an extra, was gracious enough to give me a handicap hanger for my car and that has already come in handy. It takes approximately a month to go through the process to get one here so I really appreciate the loan. Because you know I'm hoping I don't have to wear this boot for more than a month.
I do feel I am already getting around better, as some of you said I would, but of course I won't ever feel completely comfortable in this dumb thing. I have a touch of claustrophobia and while I was sitting at my desk Tuesday afternoon it kicked in. Suddenly I felt like if I didn't get the boot off I was going to scream or pass out or both. I quickly undid it and took my leg out until I calmed down a few minutes later. Tuesday night, I was so anxious to take it off, I went to bed at 7:45!
While I am working on getting into a flow with strength training, I am sorely missing my cardio. I was able to go to a Muay Thai class the other night and just stand in front of the bag and do the punching. Though that made me a little sweaty, it still wasn't hard enough to really get my heart rate up. I guess that's a hazard of being a regular exerciser. I've decided to go to my FILs to try the bike before Mr. Helen schleps it home. If it works, it will go in the garage next to the treadmill. I'm also
I'm trying very hard to focus on forward momentum and remember how fast all the other months in 2012 have passed!
Since we decided to split an entree, we got to have the delicious house salad and homemade foccacia that is served with homemade olive tapenade on the side. Other than the bread basket all the rest of the photos (including the one of the salad) I'm going to show you are the SPLIT/HALF portion. Now you'll understand why I want to share!